The Department of Public Health
The Department has responsibilities relating to, among other things, mental health, environmentally friendly healthcare, infection control and prevention of HIV/AIDS, nutrition, food safety and drinking water, alcohol, drugs and tobacco prevention, measures for increased physical activity and facilitation of age-friendly communities.
Radiation protection and emergency preparedness against nuclear incidents are also part of the Department’s areas of responsibility. For several of these areas, Nordic, European and international cooperation is important.
The Department has responsibilities for several areas of law, including the Alcohol Act, Nuclear Energy Act, Ombud for Older People Act, Public Health Act, Cosmetics Act, Radiation Protection Act, Tobacco Control Act and the Vinmonopolet (retail wine monopoly of Norway) Act.
The department consists of the following sections
The Section has tasks within the areas mental health, health analyses, environmentally friendly healthcare, infection control (including HIV prevention efforts) and radiation protection.
The Section is responsible for preventive alcohol, drugs and tobacco policy, as well as doping policy.
The Section is responsible for health promotion and illness prevention efforts within the areas of food safety and diet.